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Friday, March 30, 2012

April 1 is “Safety First Day of the Month”

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

Sunday is April 1, 2012, and it is the first day of the month. Firefighters and Paramedics want to remind you that “Safety First Day of the Month” is the day designated for all citizens, visitors and businesses to test your smoke alarms.

To conduct your test, push the test button on the front cover of your alarm. A loud beeping noise should be emitted. If you hear the warning sound - your alarm is working. If you do not hear a warning sound, replace the battery and test your alarm again. If you still do not hear a warning sound; replace your non-working alarm with a new one.

Because our “Safety First Day of the Month” test falls on a Sunday it will also be an excellent time to review your home escape plan and what family members should do in the event of an emergency. When you test your smoke alarm let your family members hear the warning signal and instruct them what to do if they should hear the smoke alarm sounding.

Remember, home escape planning requires everyone to know two ways out of every room in the house and where to meet outside in a safe location. Call 911 once you are outside and safe.

If you are sleeping and hear a sounding smoke alarm, do not leave your room just to investigate the sounding alarm. Leave your room with the clear intent of leaving your home with your practiced escape plan for you and other family members in motion.

Remember, Safety First Ensures Everyone Goes Home.

If you are in Prince George’s County and need a working smoke alarm, call our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233). A firefighter will come to your home at a mutually agreeable time and install one in your home, free of charge.

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